The Monkees celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the debut of their television show on September 12, 1996 in Santa Monica, California with a private party for family, friends, and former co-workers from the series. The evening included an advance preview of Justus, the first Monkees album by the full quartet since 1968.
After releasing Justus, an album of all-new material in late 1996, The Monkees began work on an original one-hour prime time TV special in January 1997, and it eventually aired in the United States on ABC on February 17, 1997. This article, from the March 1997 issue of Monkee Business Fanzine and written by MBF editor Maggie McManus, details the genesis and filming of the television special, the group's first since 1969's 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee.
This photo comes from the 1998 Monkees calendar:
(Image courtesy of Dinky Publishing)